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What is a hackathon?

And what can you learn from one? In this episode, we talk about our own experiences with hackathons!

We talk about how to go from an initial concept, to building a fully fleshed MVP in just a few days. And shortcuts we might take along the way, and how to pitch / present the idea to get teammates and win prizes! We also talk about how to pick the right tooling, and how to divide up roles to get things done!

We go into two hackathons that we've both competed in, one is a telecommunications hackathon, another is a gaming jam hackathon! We discuss the different types of hackathons, and what you should expect out of your first one!


Shownotes

  • 00:30 - Intro End
  • 00:50 - What is a hackathon (and our first experiences with them)
  • 04:00 - Vincent + German's first joint hackathon (TADhacks)
  • 06:30 - Sponsors and resources at a hackathon
  • 08:20 - Picking tooling for hackathons / division of roles
  • 11:10 - Building a hacky MVP and coming up with an idea!
  • 14:20 - Our 2nd hackathon! (Indie Galatic Space Jam)
  • 19:00 - How building a video game differs from a webapp
  • 21:00 - Division of Roles, hyping up the idea, and getting teammates
  • 25:30 - Seeing what other people build!
  • 26:30 - Making the MVP work
  • 27:10 - How to get the most out of a hackathon?
  • 29:30 - Hackathon Roadtrips and presentation skills!
  • 32:20 - DESSERT TIME! - Dietary plans and Productivity/Tutorials
  • 36:45 - Sleep schedules
  • 38:09 - Outro Begin

Download: hackathons.mp3